Pact Indie Diversity Training Scheme (IDTS)

The Scheme has honestly changed my life.  Being able to learn and earn is such a rarity, especially in the TV industry.”

Alex Garlitos, Trainee with Hat Trick Productions

Pact firmly believes that diversity in the film and TV industries matters, and that as a sector we should be encouraging and supporting new entrants who reflect the full diversity of the UK today.

The Indie Diversity Training Scheme is a unique opportunity aimed specifically at entry-level diverse talent (both graduates and non-graduates). Trainees undertake a six-month placement with an independent production company, allowing them to develop their talents in a thriving business environment. In addition, each participant is partnered with a senior-level mentor from within their company, and receives bespoke training from the Indie Training Fund in areas such as copyright, storytelling and camera operating.

The Scheme is run both in London and in Scotland, and is supported by some of the top independent production companies in the business, whose output includes shows such as Have I Got News For You, Humans, One Born Every Minute, Britain’s Got Talent, Shop Well for Less and First Dates. Indies that have participated in the scheme include: All3Media, Endemol Shine GroupFremantleMediaHat Trick Productions, Raise The Roof, RDF Television, STV and Warner Brothers (Ricochet and Wall to Wall).


Applications are now open for 2018

If selected you will be asked to attend a workshop on the Saturday 13th January 2018. Candidates shortlisted after the workshop will be invited to interviews, which will take place between 29th January and the 9th February. The scheme begins 19th March 2018.

If you are interested in taking part in the 2018 Scheme, please apply here.
The deadline for applications is Friday 15th December 2017.

What will I be doing?

Trainees in Scotland

This scheme offers a first step into the television industry.

You could be a trainee Development Researcher supporting the creative process, an office Runner helping production teams, or assisting on location.

You’ll be asked to do everything from getting teas to delivering props. With every task you will be gaining an incredible insight into how television works – and where you might fit into the industry.

Some things last year’s runners got up to:

  • Logging material for the edit
  • Assisting with kit on location
  • Getting crew lunches & teas
  • Looking after talent

What you need to do?

  • Be on time or preferably early!
  • Have a can-do attitude - doing everything that is asked of you gets you new opportunities
  • Make sure you are supporting the production - helping them out when they need it
  • Be keen to learn - being a trainee gives you a fabulous viewpoint from which to observe how things work
  • Be a good problem solver and have an ability to think on your feet
  • Be organised and know how to prioritise what you need to get done
  • Have a passion for television and the enthusiasm to develop your career

What will I get paid?

You will get the London Living Wage (currently £9.75 per hour)

How long is the contract?

This is a six month contract which will run from March 2018.

What training is on offer?

You’ll have a full programme of training, normally on a Saturday throughout the six months which will teach you everything you need to know to build a career in television production.

"The Indie Diversity Scheme is making a real impact in terms of discovering new entrants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds… Working in partnership with other Indies, and with the support of Pact, we have together created a solid platform which will enable us to continue to attract and nurture diverse talent to the range of career opportunities in our industry.”

Clare Welch, Group Head of Resourcing at All3media


We are now recruting Indies for the 2018 Scheme

We are now looking for more Indies to join by 15th December 2017, with the scheme commencing March 2018.
Together we can make diversity a reality in our sector.

To find out more about what it entails and how to get involved, please contact Marie Claire –


“The Pact Indie Diversity Scheme is a scheme where some of the most successful and creative Production companies collaboratively share best practice and offer a platform of bespoke training both on and off the job. Endemol Shine is proud to be able to participate and drive diversity and inclusion with its other indie partners and Pact.”

Bella Lambourne - HR and Operations Director, Endemol Shine UK


If you are an independent production company and are interested in being involved in the Scheme, please e-mail for more information.

Anjani Patel Head of Diversity

Anjani’s role is to work with industry partners to help build diversity across the content production sector.

Marie Claire White Diversity Assistant

Marie Claire is responsible for supporting Head of Diversity, Anjani Patel and assisting the delivery of a range of diversity led initiatives.